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Statistically Speaking: SSU Basketball

The Savannah State men’s basketball team did not finish the 2017-18 season like they had hoped but they did end the year leading the nation and conference in several statistics.

As a team, the Tigers finished the season leading Division I in three point field goals made per game (12.2) and three point field goals attempted (1,304). SSU was second in the nation in scoring (86.1 points per game), third in made three pointers (392), fourth in teals per game (9.4) and fifth in total steals (301).

The 86.1 scoring average was an improvement from last season (85.7) and the most for a Tiger team since the 1997-98 squad that averaged 88.2 points a game under Jacques Curtis, a SSU alum who is currently the head women’s basketball coach and associate athletic director for marketing & promotions at Division II Shaw.

Villanova, who won the Division I national championship, led the nation in scoring (86.8 points a game), Central Michigan was tops in made three pointers (399) and Stephen F. Austin led D-I in steals per game (10.3) and total steals (360).

Among MEAC teams, Savannah State was number one in scoring offense, assists, made three pointers and turnover margin (+4) while being second in assist/turnover ration (1.1) and third in offensive rebounds (13.2).

In conference games only, The Tigers led their MEAC brethren in scoring, steals, turnover margin, offensive rebounds and made three points. They were second in assists and assist/turnover ration and third in offensive rebounds.

SSU finished the regular season with a share of the MEAC title with a 12-4 conference record. The Tigers lost in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament and finished the season with a 15-17 record.

SSU Underclassmen Looking Elswhere

Five members of the Savannah

State men’s basketball team have received permission from head coach Horace Broadnax to talk to other schools. Among them are juniors Dexter McClanahan, Isaiah Felder, John Grant, Juwan Grant and freshman Ralueke Orizu, according to Broadnax.

McClanahan (6’5”) was the Tigers leading scorer this season and second on the team in rebounds. He ended the year with a team-leading 70 made 3-pointers and ranks second in SSU history behind Eddie Cooper with 154 three-pointers. He had a career high 37 points in a win over Norfolk State.

Felder (6’0”) averaged 2.7 points a game this season while playing 8.6 minutes per game. He matched a career-high with 16 points in a win over Alabama State.

John Grant (6’6”) averaged seven minutes per game while contributing 3.6 points and 1,2 rebounds. He made seven 3-pointers as he scored a career-high 22 points against Virginia. His twin brother Juwan (6’6”) logged 4.5 minutes per game. He averaged 2.2 points and one rebound per contest. His best game was a 11-point effort against Cincinnati.

The 6-foot-8 Orizu, who has verbally committed to transfer to Eastern Washington, had a career-high 19 points in a loss at Morgan State in January. He played 11.6 minutes per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. He averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds a game. He also was second on the squad in blocks with 18.

If you were to add Joshua Floyd, who sat out this past season, that would make six players who plan to leave the program. As a junior during the 2016-17 campaign, Floyd (6’4”) played 21.2 minutes per game and averaged 7.5 points, 2,8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He had 17 point performances in victories over Middle Georgia State and Florida A&M. Floyd will receive his undergraduate degree on May 5 and will be a graduate transfer wherever he decides to go.

SSU lost seniors Austin Dasent, Javaris Jenkins, Alante Fenner, Jahir Cabeza and Marcus Glenn to graduation and combined with the six who are looking to transfer, only six players are expected to return of which none are taller than six-foot-seven.

Jenkins, Dasent Attend Free Agent Workout

Former Savannah State basketball player Javaris Jenkins and Austin Dasent attended the BSNSports Free Agency/SBS Orlando Pro Workout in Orlando, Florida on April 28. The workout put on by Michael Stinnett.

“I am the director of scouting for free agency basketball based out of Spain and the founder/director of Stinnett Basketball Services. We sent 34 players overseas last season, and 90 in the last 3 years,” said Stinnett.

Jenkins was named the Most Valuable Player at the event and scored 26 points in the championship game, making six 3-pointers. “I think he can be a solid overseas pro in the future,” Stinnett said of Jenkins.

Dasent also played well at the workout with his team making the finals. When asked about Dasent, Stinnett stated “Austin is a solid big guard, who ran the point some and looked very good for his team. I think he also could land a job overseas.”

During the 2017- 18 season, the 6-foot-6 Jenkins averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while Dasent, who stands 6-foot-3, contributed 8.8 points. 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

Thorton, Ranjan Win W.W. Law Scholarships

The Savannah State University Community Booster Club awarded Monroe Thornton III and Sansriti Ranjan the W. W. Law Scholarship at the Savannah State Athletic Banquet on April 16. These two students are a fine example of Dr. Law in that they represent the continued legacy of scholarship and excellence. Based on the recommendations of the administration and the coaches, Monroe and Sanriti will receive $500 for the 2018-2019 school year. Monroe is a sophomore wide receiver on the football team and hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida while Sansriti is a junior on the women’s tennis team from Bangalore, India. Monroe is a English major and Sansriti is majoring in computer engineering. Each year the Booster Club recognizes students with a token of appreciation for their hard work by honoring them with the W. W. Law Award. The award is named in honor of Savannah State University graduate Wesley Wallace Law, the only person to receive a Doctorate from the institution. He was a scholar, a leader, a purveyor of truth and an ambassador for Excellence.

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